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Messages - bmathison1972

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So, one day on eBay I stumbled upon four small, interesting butterfly figurines (first image, below) by Land and Sea Collectibles. I bought them, and then started snooping around and eventually found their site. On their site, I saw a set of a dozen similar, but looking slightly different, butterflies. I ordered that set to see how they compare (are there multiple series, etc.). Land and Sea offers many 'miniature' animals like these; they are intended to be accessories for 'fairy gardens' (a popular horticultural activity).

When the first set from eBay came, I was very impressed. The four figures were well-detailed and sat upon a small base simulating wood. I am not sure, but the figures might be made of fiberglass? Feels too light to be resin or stonecast. Anyway I was impressed by them, especially since they gave me two new species (identifications are mine) and one species that I only have as a flat magnet figurine. I should point out that the painting on the ventral side is not accurate; it simply mirrors the dorsal side (which is accurate for each species). I can forgive that, given the detail they do possess at a small size.

Clockwise from top left:
1. The danaid eggfly, or mimic, Hypolimnas misippus, a new species for me [Parasarpa (ex: Limenitis) albomaculata also a good match, but I thought the shape of the white macula on the hind wings was a better shape for the former]
2. The gulf fritillary, Agraulis vanillae.
3. The red admiral, Vanessa atalanta.
4. The crimson patch, Chlosyne janais, the other new species



When I received the 12 butterflies from the actual site, I was disappointed. The 12 figures were essentially the same design, but painted differently and with slightly different bases. They remind me more of the previously-reviewed Steel Street butterflies. I took pics of six of them here, the ones I'll retain. They're nothing special but I'll keep at least these six for now. I am not even going to try to put species' names on them; even if they might slightly resemble something legit, I am sure they are all generically painted. Also, figurines in this set seem to be made of a stonecast-like material, not as light and graceful as the first four.



I am curious why there are two sets of such different styles and quality. When the second set, direct from Land and Sea, came, there was a catalog too, but I could not find anything like those first four in it. They must represent a retired set. I hope if the first four represent a larger set, I can find additional species.

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Collections / Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day
« on: Today at 02:47:55 AM »
Cool crabs, but I'm really drooling over those dioramas. Did you build those?

No I bought them with Brett's help on the Japanese auctions. I have four styles, but need a rocky/desert one too, and maybe a sandy beach/shore

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I don't have this guy, but I have his DX cousin  :). Of the 13 P. giraffa figures I have, 6 are by Sega  :o LOL

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New for 2017 / Re: Top 10 2017 - poll
« on: January 15, 2018, 08:30:40 PM »
I don't have a lot of pics left either, except for what was used for the banner. So, that being said, the CollectA leopard seal and secretary bird and Schleich moon (sun?) bear might also be worthy candidates.

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Today we visit the mud crab (also known as a mangrove crab or black crab), Scylla serrata (Forsskal, 1775). This is an economically-important 'food' crab native to mangroves and estuaries in the Indo-Pacific [my mini diorama here might not be the best for this species, but it's currently the only marine one I have]. The figure on the right is a 'small' one by AAA (they also made a much larger model); the one on the left is by Kaiyodo (Aquatales Polyresin Series).


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Collections / Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day
« on: January 15, 2018, 03:50:24 PM »
Today we visit the mud crab (also known as a mangrove crab or black crab), Scylla serrata (Forsskal, 1775). This is an economically-important 'food' crab native to mangroves and estuaries in the Indo-Pacific [my mini diorama here might not be the best for this species, but it's currently the only marine one I have]. The figure on the right is a 'small' one by AAA (they also made a much larger model); the one on the left is by Kaiyodo (Aquatales Polyresin Series).


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With the loss of so many images due to Photobucket, will slowly revisit these taxa-specific posts with fresh images!

Today we visit the Japanese crayfish, Cambaroides japonicus (De Haan, 1841). This species is endemic to Japan where it is considered vulnerable. This species is rather popular among Japanese manufacturers, and is often made in both brown and blue color variants:

above water, left to right:
1. Kaiyodo (Capsule Q Animatales - Tohoku)
2. F-toys (Creatures of the Waterside)
3. Kaiyodo (Natural Monuments of Japan)
4. F-toys (Creatures of the Waterside) [blue variant]

below water, left to right:
1. Kaiyodo (Capsule Q Animatales - Tohoku) [blue variant]
2. Kaiyodo (Natural Monuments of Japan) [blue variant - Special Release]
3. Yujin (Shrimps and Crabs Collection)


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Collections / Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day
« on: January 15, 2018, 03:47:47 AM »
Today we visit the Japanese crayfish, Cambaroides japonicus (De Haan, 1841). This species is endemic to Japan where it is considered vulnerable. This species is rather popular among Japanese manufacturers, and is often made in both brown and blue color variants:

above water, left to right:
1. Kaiyodo (Capsule Q Animatales - Tohoku)
2. F-toys (Creatures of the Waterside)
3. Kaiyodo (Natural Monuments of Japan)
4. F-toys (Creatures of the Waterside) [blue variant]

below water, left to right:
1. Kaiyodo (Capsule Q Animatales - Tohoku) [blue variant]
2. Kaiyodo (Natural Monuments of Japan) [blue variant - Special Release]
3. Yujin (Shrimps and Crabs Collection)


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Thanks for this walkaround, Takama! While I am excited for this figure (and the pygmy hippo) by Safari, I have seen side-by-side comparisons of the two species as made by Safari and CollectA and I think CollectA's are a little better (or, I should say they appeal to me more for some reason). Still, I am definitely a 'Safari guy' and would definitely get this if I was a generalist.

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Forum business / Re: New title banner (2018)
« on: January 14, 2018, 12:58:50 PM »
I would argue that Toy Fish Factory lacks representation...! :P http://animaltoyforum.com/index.php?topic=2189.msg18244#msg18244

As always, freshwater fish get completely left out! And you think inverts get forgotten!

Also, what? None of the 5 billion new horses made it!?  :o

There are no freshwater fish, but there are two non-shark fish (next year please send me images of TFF figures with a solid pale/white background, or something easier to manipulate in Photoshop).

Some year I really should put a horse in, because they are well-represented and popular. This year the selection of nice mammals was so big it was hard to narrow some down (was upset to leave off the Safari marmot and Javan rhino and Schleich koala...)

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Customised figures / Andean cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola peruvianus)
« on: January 13, 2018, 09:10:09 PM »
this is something I made for the STS Forum's Third Annual Custom Figure Swap. Essentially, you are given someone to make/customize/repaint a figure for, and someone does it for you. The person you are making it for is not the person you are making yours for. Anyway I thought I would share it here, too. This is a cut-and-paste of what I posted on STS:

This little bird is currently flying to his new home:

It's the Andean cock-of-the-rock, Rupicola peruvianus. Now, I am not a painter, and certianly not a sculptor. This is the very first bird I ever made. I chose it because with the rather robust form and solid, bold colors even I should be able to manage one hahaha. I also chose this species because it might be a 'unique' species in figure form(?). The recipient of this figure does have a preference for mammals, but I would be even worse at mammals; besides this person is also interested in birds so I hope it will be well received.

Now I just hope hope hope it makes it safely. For one I hope I packed it ok, and then I actually had a rather unpleasant experience with the person at the post office which has me worrying more  :-\. But fingers crossed it lands at its new home ok!!   :D

It will be coming in two pieces, and there is a small peg on the bottom of the bird to insert onto its rock/feet.

Oh well, I hope this is OK; this is all a totally new realm for me!!!





















The final product:






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Animal groups / Re: Coleoptera - Beetles
« on: January 13, 2018, 04:51:21 PM »
Revisiting the Neotropical rhinoceros beetle, Golofa claviger (Linnaeus, 1771). This species is native to Peru and Ecuador. Here we see two major males about to engage in a territorial dispute! The upper brown figure is by Kabaya (World Insect Science 1) and the lower more yellow figure is by Sega (small series, standard).


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Collections / Re: Blaine's Bug of the Day
« on: January 13, 2018, 04:49:39 PM »
Revisiting the Neotropical rhinoceros beetle, Golofa claviger (Linnaeus, 1771). This species is native to Peru and Ecuador. Here we see two major males about to engage in a territorial dispute! The upper brown figure is by Kabaya (World Insect Science 1) and the lower more yellow figure is by Sega (small series, standard).


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New for 2017 / Re: Top 10 2017 - poll
« on: January 13, 2018, 04:23:21 PM »
Armadillidium vulgare, Sofubi Toy Box (Kaiyodo)

Ha,how can I forget this one! This is the #1 to me! :)

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Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Blaine's Sega Beetles
« on: January 13, 2018, 03:41:59 PM »
So, interesting, while I only have 60/100 figures, I am only missing 8 species (I am missing some re-releases, color variants, and alternate subspecies). But at the species level I am only missing:
Chalcosoma atlas
Lucanus maculifemoratus
Hexarthrius parryi
Dorcus titanus pilifer [this would be a new subspecies for me]
Dorcus titanus palawanicus
Golofa poteri
Megasoma anubis [this would be an entirely new species for me]
Odontolabis alces [this would be an entirely new species for me]
Dynastes tityus [new species]

Would be nice to get the solid brown D. hercules as well (dark pronotum); but otherwise I do not need to color variants and re-releases.

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New for 2017 / Re: Top 10 2017 - poll
« on: January 12, 2018, 10:40:00 PM »
Oh, the CollectA Cameroon sailfin chameleon was pretty sweet. So were the Safari nudibranch and squirrel monkey.

Yes, sorry, I meant Safari squirrel monkey, not spider monkey (above).

I didn't give the nudibranch much weight since it's generic and not sure what species, if any, it is modeled after.

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Other/Miscellaneous / Re: Blaine's Sega Beetles
« on: January 12, 2018, 10:38:40 PM »
Blaine, I am about to post the entire Sega small beetles series with species names.
I have painstakingly researched all the Japanese names.

Thought you will be pleased to know that the Golofa pizarro is actually a Golofa claviger..which means a new species for you!!

thanks for the effort. I actually have a G. claviger (Kabaya - World Insect Series 1).

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New for 2017 / Re: Top 10 2017 - poll
« on: January 12, 2018, 01:44:15 AM »
...and the CollectA ivory-billed woodpecker

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New for 2017 / Re: Top 10 2017 - poll
« on: January 12, 2018, 01:12:26 AM »
I need to revisit the 2017 releases, but I think the Safari IC Spider Monkey should probably be in the mix. 2017 was an incredible year for Safari.

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Furuta / Re: Langur monkey (Furuta - ChocoEgg Series 6)
« on: January 12, 2018, 01:11:40 AM »
I'm pretty sure that this figure is a Verreaux's Sifaka (Propithecus verreauxi).

I have seen it identified as that as well (http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~CH2M-NITU/eggj6be.htm)

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